On this page I wish to share with you the stories behind some of my art pieces. Enjoy.
Trust Your Gut
The knowledge of being on the right path and following it should fill us with joy and help us in all difficulties. Happiness is symbolized as a light glowing from within and reflected in the eyes. As we walk on the path, we grow as a person because we gain experience, strength and knowledge. When we follow our destiny, as indicated by our dreams and inclinations, we explore our full potential, or talents. Every dream is particular to an individual because every individual is unique. I believe the self has to become well defined for an individual to fulfill it. Exterior elements might interfere with it and try to extinguish the inner light and enthusiasm to reach one’s goal. That is one reason it is important to separate our identity and purpose from the outside world, something which is very difficult to do, and create a protective layer against such elements. It is important to realize if adversity comes from outside or from within and not to let outside adversity corrupt the inside. If we imagine our path as going up a mountain in order to reach the summit, we can perceive our goal as always present and view adversity only as a challenge on the path to our realization. We can change a path on the mountain as guided by events, but we keep the dream in our eye’s mind and try to attaint it. The right path is being in harmony with oneself, which will also lead to being in harmony with the universe. The sky and the stars are just above us giving us hope when the world seems dark.
This painting was part of the group exhibition Imagined Futures, 2021, organized by Yiara Magazine and Art History Vitrine.
I wish to thank Yiasmeen Kanaan , who coordinated this exhibition, as well to the Editors-in-Chief of Yiara Magazine : Sara Hashemi and Amelle Margaron, Lorenza Mezzapelle. Thank you very much!
Artists participating : Paulina Bereza, Jarrah Csunyoscka, Florence Pin, Sandra Lamy, Le Lin, Nadia Mariyan Smith, Lou Neveux-Pardijon,Tyra Maria Trono, Aysha White.
Focus Pocus is a representation of the difficulty one has to concentrate and focus. This painting encourages one to focus on one element at a time and delay the practice of overthinking and multitasking. In order to do that, one has to eliminate all the thoughts from ones attention as if they are liberated to flow out of the head to make room for the task at hand. This focus allows one to be at peace internally and concentrate on what one chooses to do. This requires one to make a choice. It doesn’t mean that the other thoughts are bad; on the contrary many may be brilliant. If they are important they will show up again. The painting is inspired from meditation practices and proposes music and meditation to generate this emptiness which brings peace and improves concentration. Focus is represented by the cube which has a perfect and ideal geometric form within the mind of the character. The ideal cube and the principle of focus are both abstract ideas and have no material reality. Harmony is represented by the calm water lake and light within the body of the character. Music is represented by the musical notes floating as boats from the character playing the flute and floating on the internal lake within the principle body at the center of the picture. Harmony is also represented by the constellations outside and inside this body showing unity between him and the universe.
God please help me
God please help me is a painting that represents the cyclic challenges one experience through life and proposes some solutions. In the center a character shows a Tai Chi movement that looks like flying and represents harmony and peace. The one on the left is struggling through the process, but experiences different states of emotions, good and bad. Near the left edge a rower rows against an impossible vertical river and encourages one to enjoy life as crazy as it seems. Higher up there are two people caring a boat as a reminder that help is available and one should ask for it. On the right side of the painting is a ballet scene, which symbolizes grace and kindness as means to appreciate life. Finally at the top we can see a dove flying, symbol of The Holy Spirit, that illuminates our true potential, suggesting we have to keep the faith and move forward through the cycles.
Oiseau de feu
Firebird is a painting that questions the concepts of freedom and suffering. The character in the center of the painting is digging deep into her soul to realize her potential. Because of that she inspires the people around her like a lighthouse which illuminates the way to boats in the tempest. It is assumed that in order to reach one’s destiny one has to go through a series of transformations, like a phoenix. The title refers to the phoenix that takes fire before becoming ashes and identifies this process. On the foreground there are some golden bars that play a double role. They make part of a harp played by the character on the left who is a swan singing her last song and reinforces the idea of the central character. Nevertheless their major role is to make one wonder who is behind the bars, the character that suffer in the middle pursuing her quest or the one that is safe and comfortable watching the painting.
That’s the way the cookie crumbles
That’s the way the cookie crumbles is a painting showing the digestive system as a main train station as well as a forge, where different performing artists and symbols inspire us to live a better life. The digestive system produces energy for the body, and since it is still a very mysterious entity, I decided to create an image that shows and appreciates the work it does. It also produces waste, illustrated as the different metal shapes (liquid, cubes and slabs) in the three wagons at the bottom center, which is closely related to our way of life.The painting is an invitation to consider the effort of our digestive system and its result in order to live a more harmonious life. Looking from far at the painting one can visualize a skull underlined by the yellow sousaphone, as a pointer to the idea that our gut is the second brain.
“Paloma” is a study of flamenco by exposing its raw energy through the use of printing techniques applied by means of acrylics on canvas. Through this paining I try to express the passion of the flamenco dancer to find herself in the purest form, in a mystical, powerful experience. The symbol of the dove was chosen because it is strong in the Spanish culture, it represents purity and innocence and it also represents the gift of the Creator within us, as the Holy Spirit appears as a dove. Several elements are related to the flamenco culture: the candle, the mirror, the crowd, a dancer in red and black, a lace fan, a golden earing, the guitar. The border of the painting shows abstract representations of a dancer dancing on the shore of the sea circling around the head. The soft pastel colors were used to release the tension of the center of the painting and give the impression of total freedom and peace as the soul finds its way, connecting once more to the dove as symbol for peace.
This painting is part of the group exhibition 2022, organized by Yiara Magazine for the launch of Volume 10.
I wish to thank the Yiara’s 2021-2022 team for this incredible realizations: Co-Editor in Chief Aaliyah Crawford @aaliyah.i.crawford, Co-Editor in Chief Lee @leeeking, Head Writer Hashmita, Managing Editor Alice @aliceostr, English Editor Christina @christinamarando2, French Editor Agathe @agathethis, Events Coordinator Amara, Events Coordinator Sophie @sophiesemeniuk, English Editor Ali, Lead Contributor Ren Critton-Papp @pita_freak, English Copy Editor Hannah Silver @hannsilver, Contributor BeNjamyn, Creative Director Nesreen @angelicminds, Financial Coordinator Liza @kurichkaa, Copy Editor Hannah Ferguson @hannahferg.etc, Digital Content Manager Alana @_albat, Contributor Isabella @bellacarver, French Copy Editor Agathe @nakim_mtl.
Honor Your Body
This diptych is composed of two pieces: the gut and the brain.
The square painting shows the gut in the middle as a green landscape with luxurious vegetation. The colon is a citadel wall that protects the park. Healthy choices are encouraged in order to have a beautiful gut. The crocodile in the middle represents the desire to do something that is not healthy, but is subdued by the Flamenco guitarist, who represents the ability of passion to help us walk on the right path; we feel fulfilled when we follow our passion and forget about unhealthy desires. On the left side is a harpist with celestial attributes that heals the gut with kindness, as she improves one’s wellbeing and helps to pass through a difficult situation. At the bottom of the painting a drummer plays the monastery buoy song of the lifecycle. She reminds us that deep breathing takes effort and has to be made. Her skirt is made of the sea and the salmon that jumps out of the sea is a model to live a life of fulfillment although destined to great difficulty. At the top three flamenco dancers remind of the inner strength we need to search through our passion.
The gut painting is surmounted by the brain painting where the brain is a dark green symmetric maze, symbolic of the power of decision and discipline. Although the brain might need more energy in order to fulfill its intellectual needs, it has to take into consideration the wellbeing of the gut. It has to analyse all the choices and pick the one is the best for the whole body, mind and soul. The gardeners working in this landscape illustrate that thoughts and decision have to be cleaned up continuously and this is reinforced by the hourglass in the lower left corner. The crocodile Desire is not allowed the alluring cake and the reward is the beautiful gut painting bellow.
This painting illustrates a sphere that moves in the gut from one end to the other. The displacement is not necessary straightforward because the digestive process is not either. The important thing to understand is that digestion takes time and to be patient. The two saxophones that frame the picture are instruments which force the activation of breath and indirectly help the digestion. The water element is a soothing and helps to heal. The piano music that spreads on the waves reinforces this aspect as it changes the structure of the water and thus the body. In the middle we also see the spine as a lighthouse and a sycamore seed spiraling in the vertical direction. Arriving at the bottom the sycamore becomes a symbol of the life cycle as it represents the seed and the tree in the same time, concluding that digestion is a lifelong process.
This painting was part of the group exhibition Rediscover & Reconnect, 2021, organized by the SAPLINGS team.
I wish to thank Breanna Shanahan, Coordinator of Students Skills and Development for Concordia Fine Arts, the SAPLINGS team of curators: Kuh Del Rosario, Hei Lam Ng, Kiana Tom, and Ace Côté, for this beautiful show they created and for the amazing vernissage.
Artists participating : Alexa Rhynd, Ana Lόpez Vázquez, Arianna Garcia-Fialdini, Denyse Daoust, Jean-Philippe Poirier, Maria Elena Martire, Marianne Lefebvre-Campbell, Nadeem Al Haj Zein, Riesbri, Shahrzad Tahmasebi, Sheng Hui Jin, Zahra Hosseini
I am what I eat
“I am what I eat” is a painting that considers digestion and nutrition as well as emotional and psychological consequences of the choice. The impact of a bad nutrition is a weak body, headaches and stomach aches, inability to resolve a difficult situation and depression. The impact of eating food that we don’t want is not healthier. The surprise and state of mind in dealing with the consequences could worsen the situation. If one accepts that there is a risk of feeling bad because that person didn’t eat healthy enough, the burden of digesting negative emotions will be smaller, and one will assume the situation more effectively and be able to make a healthier decision in the future. The conclusion is to assume ones’ choice of nutrition and make the best of the situation.
King of Hearts
This painting presents the card of the King of Hearts on a green table cloth. The card presents issues faced by humanity today and considers the link between power and money as central values.
On one side there is a king that has a great kingdom with natural treasures and royal architecture. This king protects his kingdom, has faith and assumes his roles, showing loyalty to his people, ancestors and the following generations.
In opposition, there is a head of state that sold his country to gain power and became a puppet: others are making the decisions for him. There is a void instead of his head and his heart is replaced by a gold coin. If this leader doesn’t preserve his country, it will become a desert and his people would die. This is emphasised even more when water will become the monetary exchange value and the survival of humanity will depend on it. The universe has its own way to make justice retribution as the water flowing through the void of the leaders’ head returns to the iceberg.
The choice of the card on a table cloth suggests that there is a player which manipulates this card of humanity: God and He has the last word.
Queen of Hearts
When one uses her body in such a way that she does violence (emotional physical, psychological, spiritual) to oneself or another, she corrupts her body. When society doesn’t protect by regulations, accepts or ignores such violence she participates to the corruption. When one refuses to acknowledge such corruption, one lies. When one corrupts the body of a woman, the potential carrier of another life form, one corrupts life. The reason for such corruption is in general related to power, either abuse of power or in order to obtain it, and power has many faces and levels and a diversity of goals. The power obtained through one’s body is in general short lived since youth is but a part of life, but the corruption and its consequences has an impact on the entire life.
In opposition when one reaches an advanced age, has faced the challenges of life and stays true to oneself, without harming those around, one has a true pure power.
Rowing is an elitist sport and also one of the oldest Olympic Sports. It has everything in it that makes someone great if the person is capable of passing through its challenges. It is a continuous fight and struggle but most of the time it pays back in beauty and bliss. To build up a high performance crew boat requires commitment for about 20 years 24×7, and they get a chance every four years at the Olympics. These athletes have a pretty good idea what they get into, all the good and bad of their teammates among other things. Many countries in Europe have a tradition in this sport, among others: UK, Germany, Romania and Netherlands. Moreover rowing builds character. By analogy, a question remains: why did UK left the boat of the EU? That’s such a shame. It’s like breaking up a quad (4X) to row solo (1X) back to shore in bad weather.
The Magic of the Sycamore Seed
The scientific and artistic nature of Palissy work inspired me the subject of this work: the sycamore seed. On the edge of the plates I poetically suggest the spiral motion of a falling sycamore seed when the plates are embedded and view from above. I did not reproduce the scientific motion. I also used the shape of the seed to indicate the steps of a person taking a walk in a park from one plate to the other, when the plates are placed next to each other. The park on the shore of the Saint-Laurence River is another inspiration for this work. Since public sculptures are encountered in several places along the walking path, I chose the Aerial Screw made by Da Vinci to be a sculpture in my artistic park of my big plate, because its motion echoes the movement of the sycamore seed. In my middle plate I modeled the vertical view of the falling of a sycamore seed from a tree branch. The small plate has a big sycamore seed in the middle. I sculpted the wing of the sycamore to represent the passage of time, the fragility of this seed and to make an echo to the tree it came from, closing the cycle of life. The spherical part of the head is fashioned as a lamp, and a very small candle light inside symbolizes life. Within the park environment this sphere is a shelter where one can rest or take refuge from bad weather.
My heads are a trio band of musicians playing at the Spring Concerts in the Park festival. There is Axel playing the guitar, Francis playing the tuba and Denis playing the trumpet.
Each head has an element on his head that identifies the instrument he plays. The hair style, the accessories and the expression of the figures were combined to characterize their musical style as innovative, intriguing and enthralling.
The heads where made using the coil technique. Coil and slab elements were assembled on the ovoid shapes and together with engraving and sgraffito techniques were used to define the features and character of the heads. Engobes, underglazes and glazes were used for the surface decoration to add some expressionism flavor.
In this project, Ceramics invited Sculpture, Music, and Painting to enlighten the day.
HeartBeat was part of the virtual group exhibition HomeMade organized by the PIXLS team, 2021.
I wish to thank the PIXLS team: Breanna Shanahan, Emily Bath, Nath Banger, Gazelle, Baoshi, Maya, Pat M, Sabrina Sherman, Denyse, Sophia and Andy
HeartBeat was part of the group show Transference,2021, organized by the CCSA team at Galerie Le 1040 in Montreal. The works of 17 ceramic artists were selected by the jurors Nurielle Stern, Natalia Arbelaez and Veronika Horlik.
I wish to thank the CCSA team: Sara Mericle, Kimerly Orjuela and Owen Herlin.
Le jour et la nuit (fr)
Ce diptyque des plateaux est une représentation surréaliste du temps. Le premier écran dépeint une vallée entourée par une montagne, avant le lever du soleil. Au-dessus des nouages, le temps est arrêté pour un cavalier solitaire ébloui devant la beauté du paysage. Les cavaliers d’Eadweard Muybridge interprètent la cinétique : statique, marche et accélération. Le nouage noir fuit le jour dans l’écran juxtaposé, royaume des rêves au sein de la nuit. Au bas de l’écran, la rivière nous rappelle que le temps s’écoule dans une seule direction comme l’eau.
Oiseau du paradis (fr)
Cette sculpture explore le concept d’humanité. Sa structure est faite avec des bandes d’argiles, par analogie aux sculptures filaires de Calder. Elle représente un corps humain construit sur quatre plans : le cercle des bras, la colonne, le diaphragme et la base. L’homme aime la nature. Ses mains unies tiennent avec sensibilité une fleur, il lui sourit et réchauffe celle-ci. Sa colonne est comme la tige, son diaphragme comme ses feuilles et la tête comme la fleur. La colonne contient de l’eau, devient un soliflore et nourrit la fleur réelle: l’union est complète. L’homme aime les arts : la sculpture, la musique (la flûte), la danse (position des bras et de la tête) la peinture (application de l’engobe) et le dessin (filaire). L’homme aime le sport. Ses jambes sont des rames d’aviron qui en prenant appui sur l’eau, propulsent le bateau.
Les quatre éléments qui font le monde : l’eau (dans la colonne), la terre (l’argile et la fleur), l’air (la flûte et la mouette) et le feu (la céramique et l’amour) sont indispensable à notre survie.
Collection magique (fr)
Souffle de magie, souffle de vie…
J’ai décidé de créer un royaume de merveilles. Je façonne la mer agitée avec des triplets de plateaux et des bols de crème glacée. Je modèle les coupes Éphémères pour faire des toits de pagode sur des arches entrecroisées et je tourne des vases pour avoir des tours médiévales. Je fais des collines avec des bols renversés et ils deviennent des lacs lorsqu’ils sont à l’endroit. Avec mon assiette je fais une croisée des chemins. Mon bol à thé est un Guru et j’ai une coupe de crème glacée qui a la tête d’une princesse couronnée. Des poissons-tasses Yin-Yang nagent sur une assiette-miroir magique faite dans le style Art Nouveau. Mon vase Éventail est l’arbre de vie car son feuillage se multiplie avec des éléments de croissance.
Le décor est un paysage surréaliste permettant à l’imagination de vivre une expérience magique. J’utilise une application gestuelle des glaçures qui ressemble aux peintures abstraites de Jackson Pollock. Pour illustrer les princes partis à l’aventure et leur princesse, je transfère sur biscuit des photographies de cavaliers et danseuses faites par Eadweard Muybridge. Les chanceux peuvent voir le mouvement des chevaux lorsque le bol est placé sur une girelle qui tourne. J’ai créé une cache personnalisée qui a la forme d’un élément de croissance. Des applications partielles ou répétitives complètent l’esthétique du décor.
Tout est prêt pour un festin royal. La céramique magique assure une expérience fantastique pour un dessert inoubliable.
Infinity has a full collection of problems which he doesn’t need and deep down doesn’t really like: jealousy, pain from a broken heart , disappointment, fatigue, fear and a few more. Like a sponge, he swallowed all these thorns. They grow inside him around his organs, causing lesion and infection, until they become serious problems. Infinity decides one day to grab one of these thorns, big as a sword, and pull it out with knuckles white and all his heart.
This is terribly hard to do, he needs the courage and determination to completely let go this problem, to live without it and deal with the flow of happiness that will surge in the emptiness left behind. He grabs the sword with both his hands and as a mighty samurai, he pulls it out. One thorn out, the next will go, until empty of them all.
In the big space all around, thorns float in a glee, playing hide and seek in the bodies, gee. Infinity doesn’t play anymore, he fights them and scares them out of his body, he wants to be left alone.
After an endless cold winter Inuit was walking on the street and suddenly was surprised at the sight of green leaves in a tree. He didn’t remember right away that Spring follow Winter, he forgot she will ever come some day. Spring talk to him and said: forget me not I will come again.
Spring is coming , circle dancing, grips all hands and turns around, spinning heads and hearts alike, warming all to a new life. Flowers all come from their hide to the sunlight’s delight.
Samedi Matin is a girl pure, kind and beautiful as a dove. When she dances flamenco she wears a mask which looks like a dove and flies over the mountains printed on her skirts.
As the guitar plays, her skirts are turning in waves around her, the world is spinning around her, liberating her spirit higher and higher in the sky. She will enter into trance and with a long tendu through the door in her skirts, she will walk in the passage of the Magic Mountain.
Blue Danube is the illustrated choreography of the waltz composed by Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau.
The corps de ballet will dance an impressionist representation of the waters of the Danube river as it flows nice and sweet until it hits a gigantesque rock. The nice and sweet harmonious flow is danced following the rules of classical ballet while the waters chaotically splashing against the rock is danced in the free independent manner of the modern ballet.
Other characters include a ballerina interpreting the sun which continuously moves her legs in developpé, relevé, attitude and arabesque in such a way to give the impression of sunshine. She is lovingly raised by a male dancer interpreting the blue sky. Another ballerina interprets a cloud that throws a scarf at the sun and misses completely, thus a water dancer should elegantly catch it and carry it along. The solitary rock could be a gigantesque dancer, or maybe a circus giant, which will have to stand mostly still and scary the water dancers in all directions. He can either move slightly or in accordance with the reflecting rays on his surface.
The sun will set behind the rock, plunge into the waters and emerge at the same position as it started for a complete cycle. The song can be played again and again and the dance will vary as the waters are never the same ones again.
Coccinelle is a terrifying pirate who chose this name to escape the navy forever. He has a parrot on his shoulder that learned only one sentence: You are lucky you are still alive. Now Coccinelle is enjoying his vacation in the Creek of Wonders.
One village has an ancient woman Vudu. Her skirts form a pottery vessel made at the beginning of the time or so they say. Inside this pot there is a small vase which contains the purest water used to feed the roots of the tree that grows from her stomach. The tree spreads within her entire body and makes a beautiful flower crown around her head. More the Vudu gains in knowledge more her crown is beautiful to see.
Suis ton chemin
Jack the Jockey has to learn how to control his horse Furioso which is scared by the green wolf Lupus. The harnesses are so tight that he puts them around his body to hang on them or be ripped apart. The path of his destiny lies in his hands. He can reach the warrior that found the magic sword or crawl besides the poor man in fear,in blood and alone.
The Gold Vessel travels the spiral path of time. The figurehead whispers in the dreams of early morning with a certain melancholy but no hard feelings: You said it will be forever…
A Hippocampos sprints the waters to reach the shore and run alongside his cousins which thunder and throw rocks in water. With the shore still in view a gigantesque Wave arises from the foamy water with one hundred heads and grows and grows until it will reach the sky and multiply at every drop, the entire stone edge forgotten.
The Black Magus was having a tea party that Friday, on the dot of midnight, with some of his buddies. He filled the porcelain egg carried by Ugly Duck with very very very hot water and dumped some green tea leaves for taste.
Ugly Duck cried so hard at that tea party that she filled all the tea cups with green tea falling through her beautiful tender eyes in the thundering laughs of the bad guys,… which stopped short at the bitter taste of this magic potion.
Yupi Hirondelle is the predeccessor of Yupi from The Wave. It just sank like a rock at the bottom of the ocean.
It has a horse head, a warrior body, a mermaid tail with four butterfly fins and is fast as a swallow.
Prayer is a rock standing over the river. Her neck is a bridge over the stormy water and her hair is the coast on the other side. She lays on the shore with her soul and body forever naked in the light of God.
Gold Fish 3 Times Wish
This is a musician dreaming in a cafe, waiting for inspiration to dictate him the song. At his calling, a Goldfish will jump out of his coffee and slap him on his forehead with a drum cymbal and give him the first beat.
The Story of Candle Light
Mrs. Candle in Red shoots an arrow at Candle Knight riding on the Candle Horse, which jumped out of the black ceramic transparent vase, to burn it all with her passion. This adventure is assisted by the terrified Candle Light in the safe glass jar.